1 Chronicles 16:7-36 (Part 1) – Remembrance Caused by A Storage Building

Posted: April 22, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 16:7-36 (Part 1 of 4)

David’s Song of Praise

On Monday, Elena and I, along with my oldest daughter, Meghan, and Elena’s dear friend, Sandy, met at the house my dad and my stepmom (my dad remarried about 2 years after my mom passed away) lived in. My stepmom, after several decades in South Carolina, was moving back to her native upstate New York. As part of her move and Monday being her moving day, we had to get to the house and clean out my dad’s storage buildings in the backyard of the house there in Anderson, SC. We had been putting it off as long as we could. There were years of things in there. Years of mementos. Years of tools. Years of yard implements. Years of power equipment. And my God, Dad, how many gas cans did you need? Later, this process will be repeated at my dad’s lake property near Lake Hartwell. He passed that property on to my oldest daughter. She is planning to sell it soon so we will have to clean out the storage buildings out there one day in the coming months. There’s probably more stuff in those two storage buildings than there were at the home owned by my dad and my stepmom. There’s so much stuff at my dad’s lake property that my dad and my mom had separate storage buildings for each of their stuff. The contents of these two buildings are the result of 53 years of marriage so that will be a task to say the least.

But on this day, it was a lesser task but still one that took a great deal of time. We were able to get it all done in one day, thank goodness. From clearing everything out to loading it on the rented U-Haul truck to taking the stuff to the dump and sorted it all by type as you have to do at the transfer station, we got it all done in 5 hours. It was a task and we were tired and sweaty when we were done. Lots of lifting and walking and walking while lifting. But one of my fears in the adventure was that we would get bogged down in memories. You know, you have seen it TV shows and movies where adult children are going through their parents stuff and each thing brings back a memory. And that was the fear that each thing would cause a period of remembrance and then nothing would get done while going through the memory. But that did not happen. I guess dad did not bring a lot of stuff from the lake property to the house that he and my stepmom bought back in 2012 or 2013 not too long after they got married. So, the bigger memory lane task is going to be when we have to clean out the storage buildings at the lake property. But for this past Monday, we were pretty much business like about it all. We were just simply amazed at the fact that when it came to tools, yard implements, gas cans, all the man stuff, my dad never threw anything away. His mindset was that he could use it later, I guess.

Cleaning out the storage buildings was a task but it did give me personal memories of my dad and what a tinker guy he was. How he could fix stuff. How he could shade-tree engineer stuff to make it work better, or to fix it without it costing him money. I guess that’s why he never threw anything away. He could use whatever it was later to fix something else. It reminded me that my dad grew up on a rural farm in Honea Path, SC where, as the oldest of 5 boys, his dad (my Pop) relied on him to make sure all the farm equipment was in running order. They were a long ways a way from the nearest farm equipment store so it paid to keep stuff from older broken down stuff. I complained about how my dad was packrat to the others in group of us doing the cleanup. However, inside, I knew that my dad was that way because he grew up that way. You didn’t through stuff away like you do now. He was a product of his generation. He was a product of living on a farm in the rural South in the 40’s and 50’s before he got grown up and left home. These are the things that we remember when cleaning out the story of a person’s life in a storage building. This story and the stories will be even more intense I think when we have to clean out the storage buildings at the lake property later this spring or summer.

That’s what I thought of this morning when I read through this passage, 1 Chronicles 16:7-36, this morning. That idea of remembering. That idea of why behind the what. All of it comes from remembering. And I think that is the point of verses 7-22 of this passage. Let’s read the whole passage now but with special attention to verses 7-22:

7 On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the Lord:

8

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

    Let the whole world know what he has done.

9

Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.

    Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

10

Exult in his holy name;

    rejoice, you who worship the Lord.

11

Search for the Lord and for his strength;

    continually seek him.

12

Remember the wonders he has performed,

    his miracles, and the rulings he has given,

13

you children of his servant Israel,

    you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14

He is the Lord our God.

    His justice is seen throughout the land.

15

Remember his covenant forever—

    the commitment he made to a thousand generations.

16

This is the covenant he made with Abraham

    and the oath he swore to Isaac.

17

He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,

    and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:

18

“I will give you the land of Canaan

    as your special possession.”

19

He said this when you were few in number,

    a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.

20

They wandered from nation to nation,

    from one kingdom to another.

21

Yet he did not let anyone oppress them.

    He warned kings on their behalf:

22

“Do not touch my chosen people,

    and do not hurt my prophets.”

23

Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

24

Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.

    Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

25

Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!

    He is to be feared above all gods.

26

The gods of other nations are mere idols,

    but the Lord made the heavens!

27

Honor and majesty surround him;

    strength and joy fill his dwelling.

28

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord,

    recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.

29

Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!

    Bring your offering and come into his presence.

Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.

30

    Let all the earth tremble before him.

    The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

31

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!

    Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

32

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!

    Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!

33

Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord,

    for he is coming to judge the earth.

34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

    His faithful love endures forever.

35

Cry out, “Save us, O God of our salvation!

    Gather and rescue us from among the nations,

so we can thank your holy name

    and rejoice and praise you.”

36

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel,

    who lives from everlasting to everlasting!

And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

In these first 15 verses of the passage, we see that David is reminding the people of what God has done for His chosen people in the past. He is helping them remember how God has provided and protected them for generations since they left Egypt. Remembering helps them understand and see God’s hand in their collective lives. The remembering is good to bolster the people’s faith in God. And this is particularly noteworthy in 1 and 2 Chronicles because Israel is in exile. Their kingdom is no more. The kingdom that David and Solomon made so powerful is a distant memory. But the remember of the whole history of Israel helps them see that God will care for them even when times don’t look so good.

That’s the takeaway for today is that God has demonstrated throughout history that He will providentially watch over His chosen people. Through Jesus Christ we are part of God’s chosen people. Therefore, we can reflect on Israel’s history as our history. We can reflect on the New Testament beginnings of Jesus’ church as our history. We can reflect on God’s prophetic words in Revelation to demonstrate to us that God will still be making history through us. All of it reminds us that as part of God’s people we will be cared for regardless of what the current situation looks like. We have ample evidence of God’s providential care for His chosen people. We must remember. We must read our Bibles. It is our memory lane for God’s providence over His chosen people. Those that have faith in God realize that He is our Protector and Provider. We also know through the resurrection of Jesus Christ that we have a future in heaven when this life is done. So, no matter how bad HERE is. We get to go there – HEAVEN – when we are done here. Therefore, we praise God for how He provides and protects His people on this side of heaven and how we have promise through Him of an eternity in heaven. Let us remember that. Let us go down memory in the Bible and read that and remember that and live that!

Amen and Amen.

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